What you will study
The study material for this module is organised into 8 learning guides, which include audio-visual material and online and print-based readings:
Learning Guide 1 – begins to examine the range of factors that influence the experiences of children and young people today. Issues that you will explore include what makes a ‘good childhood’, the impact of disability, discrimination and racism on children and young people, and the effects of poverty and inequality. You will also consider the issue of resilience and the factors that support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Learning Guide 2 – considers how the society and the community in which children and young people grow impacts on their experience and determines their life chances. You will be introduced to social policy and examine how it has changed across time, and look at theories of social and cultural capital that can help to explain social mobility and inequalities. You will also examine a range of data and research as a basis for developing your understanding of structural inequalities.
Learning Guide 3 – focuses on practice, and explores how practitioners work together to support children, children, young people and families. You will consider the opportunities, as well as the potential challenges, presented by multi-agency and inter-professional working, and look at ways in which values, ethics and legal frameworks inform practice in this area. You will also examine some of the ethical dilemmas that practitioners may encounter, and ways in which they deal with ethical dilemmas in their practice with children, young people and families.
Learning Guide 4 – focuses on children, in particular children from 0-11. Issues that will be examined include constructions of modern childhood and children’s agency. You will also consider ways in which practitioners work with children to support their rights and encourage their participation.
Learning Guide 5 – looks at the particular experience of being a young person, and ways in which the experience of youth has changed in recent years. You will examine diversity, discontinuities and continuities in young people’s lives, including from young people’s perspectives. You will also consider the implications of change for the professionals who work with young people, and the central importance of young people’s rights.
Learning Guide 6 – focuses on parents and parenting, and relationships between practitioners and parents. You will consider a range of perspectives on parenting, including what it means to be a ‘good parent’, and look at case studies and research related to the intersection of parenting and society. Issues examined include the role and function of parenting support and education, for example, the targeting of specific parents, parenting classes for ‘troubled families’ and the role of informal support and online communities. Children and young people’s perspectives on parenting will also be explored.
Learning Guide 7 – examines the family and family structures and considers ways in which social and economic change is impacting on families. It also looks at the experience of children and young people living outside their ‘birth families’, and their experience of the care system.
Learning Guide 8 – will support you in reviewing your learning over the course of the module, and help you to prepare for the end of module assessment.
This module will be relevant if you are currently working with children, young people, parents and families, or if you have an interest in moving into this area of work. It will also be relevant if you have a general interest in issues related to children, young people, parenting and families.